CLEVELAND -- When her ex-husband's car was stolen, the first thing Ashley Doherty thought wasn't how to get the car back, but how to get back what was left in the trunk.
"It was that feeling where your heart goes into your stomach. I thought about the fact that everything in that car is replaceable. Nobody was hurt. But then the bin of pictures," Doherty said.
Doherty and her ex-husband, Jeff Nero, work at a company in Tyler Village on East 36th Street.
They were inside the office Tuesday, when a man broke into Jeff's car in the parking lot. In less than two minutes he was able to start the ignition and drive away.
The car is a 1993 Chevy Corsica, white with maroon interior. The Ohio license plate begins with APR.
Doherty says there were no valuables visible in the car, but something more precious than electronics was in the trunk: a plastic bin full of family photos.
"If they want to [scrap] the car in parts, if they could just drop that bin off, I wouldn't even ask," said Doherty.
Nero was bringing the photos from his home up to his ex-wife at work, so she could make a scrapbook.
The box contained all of the family photos taken of their three children from 1999 through 2010.
In a word, priceless.
"They mean everything to me. It's silly because it's a picture, but I want to pass those to my kids. I want them to have those memories. I don't feel like because some jerk thought he could steal a car that they should be deprived of that," Doherty said.
Nero filed a police report, and they've asked everyone from UPS drivers to security guards to be on the look out.
If they could deliver just one message to the thief, it would be to please bring back their memories.
"You don't do this to people. Especially Jeff and I. We would pretty much give anybody anything if we had it," said Doherty.
She's asking anyone who finds the bin of photos to consider bringing it back to Tyler Village (the old factory complex turned office and retail space at E. 36th and Superior).
The photos can be dropped at the guard shack, in the parking lot, or at St. Nicholas Church on the corner.